Produced by Kahli Abdu
October 26, 2023
Feeding the Dragon: Hollywood Executive Chris Fenton's Experiences and Insights on Dealing with China in the Entertainment Industry.
Chris Fenton is a veteran Hollywood executive and the author of the book "Feeding the Dragon: Inside the Trillion Dollar Dilemma Facing Hollywood, the NBA, and American Business. VOA's Kahli Abdu spoke to Fenton about China's influence in Hollywood in this exclusive interview.
October 21, 2023
African Modernism Unveiled at The Phillips Collection
A new exhibition, titled “African Modernism in America, 1947-67” recently opened at The Phillips Collection here in Washington, D.C. The exhibition celebrates over 70 artworks by 50 artists from across Africa. VOA’s Kahli Abdu attended the exhibition and has this story.
October 20, 2023
Documentary Film 'Le Choisi' Celebrates First-Generation Africans’ Success Stories.
A new documentary film, “Le Choisi” or “The Chosen One” tells the stories of first-generation Africans from Europe and America who are pursuing their dreams in various fields. VOA’s Kahli Abdu spoke to Suzanne Barry, the filmmaker behind the documentary in an exclusive interview.
October 07, 2023
Filmmakers Document the Impact of Kenya’s Universal Basic Income in Kogutu
Filmmakers Lauren de Fillipo and Sam Soko say they were inspired to produce a documentary, Free Money, that educates Kenyans on a program run by Give Directly, a nonprofit organization that is giving people in the East African nation’s rural city of Kogutu $22 every month to purchase essentials. For more, VOA’s Kahli Abdu spoke to Fillipo and Soko.
September 29, 2023
The Unanswered Questions Surrounding Nigerian Afrobeats Star Mohbad’s Death and Its Implications for the Nigerian Music Industry.
The death of Nigerian singer Mohbad has sparked outrage and grief among his fans and fellow artists. The 27-year-old Afrobeats star, who was signed to Naira Marley's Marlian Music label, died on September 12 in mysterious circumstances. VOA’s Kahli Abdu takes a look into the case and its implications for the Nigerian music industry.
September 28, 2023
Journalist: Death of Nigerian Afrobeats Star Mohbad ‘Suspicious,’ Police Investigate
Afrobeats artists and fans have taken to social media to express outrage and grief following the death of 27-year-old musician Mohbad, who mysteriously died on September 12 — triggering an investigation by authorities. Mohbad was signed to the record label of Naira Marley, a prominent British-Nigerian artist, who was forced to release a statement on Instagram after Mohbad’s fans alleged that he had something to do with his death. For insight, VOA’s Kahli Abdu spoke to David Hundeyin, a prominent Nigerian investigative journalist.
September 02, 2023
Sewing Conference to Celebrate, Share Creative Practice
Sewing is not just a hobby, it’s a way of life for many people who love to create and express themselves through fabric and thread. The Sew Creative Lounge, a sewing school and quilt shop in the state of Maryland, U.S., will host its fifth Sew Much Soul conference, Sept. 8-10. The virtual event brings together the sewing community for three days of learning, sharing, and celebrating. VOA’s Kahli Abdu spoke to Cecily Habimana, co-founder of the Sew Creative Lounge, about her passion for stitching and needlework and what to expect from this year’s event.
August 26, 2023
‘Motherland Comedy Festival’ Brings Humor and Culture
Nigerian comedian Kingsley Oba, better known as Cee Y!, is ready to make American audiences laugh with his Motherland Comedy Festival, a showcase of African humor and culture. Cee Y spoke to VOA’s Kahli Abdu about his journey from Nigeria to the United States, his influences, and his challenges as a comedian.
March 01, 2023
US-Based Coalition Seeks Temporary Protected Status for Nigeria
A coalition of more than 100 Nigerian leaders and organizations are urging U.S. President Joe Biden's administration to grant Nigeria Temporary Protected Status (TPS) citing civil unrest in the country. VOA's Kahli Abdu spoke with members of the coalition Gbenga Ogunjimi, founder and CEO of the Nigerian Center, and Lara Okunubi, CEO of the Nigerian American Public Affairs Committee (NAPAC) USA, about their initiative.